R.I.P. Hiram Bullock

The guitar world lost another legend on July 25th – Hiram Bullock. Hiram was an original of David Letterman’s World’s Most Dangerous Band. He played with a ton of Jazz and funk legends including David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Omar Hakim, Dizzy Gillespie, Bootsy Collins, and more.

Oakbrook people would be familiar with a fantastic instrumental song performaed at our 10th Anniversary concert called, “Smile”, performed by Monty Sanders and Scott Kinnard. The original artists on that tune were David Sanborn and Hiram Bullock.

I had a chance to see Hiram live with David Sanborn on the “Upfront Tour” at Deer Creek in 1992. The dude liked to dance – he liked to have a lot of fun when he played, and he never stood still. At one point, he took a 5-minute guitar solo while walking, running, and jumping through the crowd at Deer Creek. I was near an aisle, and got to touch his leather fringe jacket that night 🙂

Here’s a video of Hiram having fun in 2005:

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